Tuesday, 15 April 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says Nic Naitanui must be carefully managed after not having managed a full pre-season for a few years now.
"He's coming off a limited pre-season and unfortunately it's not just one pre-season, it's two or three so we're trying our best to manage his time and of course we'd like an improvement on what he can do," Simpson said.
"But at the moment it's a bit of a battle."
Saturday, 12 April 2014
Nic Naitanui tallies just six disposals and six hit-outs in two-and-a-half quarters of football before being removed from the ground against Geelong due to soreness.
"We just subbed him off halfway through the third," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"He was a little tight but we didn't see any reason to keep him out there."
Friday, 11 April 2014
As West Coast's playing ruck coach in 2014, Dean Cox says he wants to transition into a full-time coaching role once his career is over.
"I've really started to enjoy the role of trying to educate and teach players, and let them have the opportunity to have some of the great football memories that I've had," Cox said.
"To work with the ruck guys and even a lot of younger players when they first come to the club - to try to fast-track and get their development as quickly as possible so they can have an impact - is really rewarding.
"The ruck stuff is certainly happening at the minute. But when I do finish I will stay straight in the AFL system and hopefully sink my teeth right into it."
Monday, 7 April 2014
Mark LeCras will be sidelined for four weeks after having surgery to repair his fractured right forearm.
"He's really disappointed," teammate Dean Cox said.
"Hopefully he can get back now and run and touch the footy as much as he can and still have a big impact for this club because his pre-season was really good."
Dean Cox will break the West Coast games record this week against Geelong and he says reaching 300 games is not out of the question.
Cox will play his 277th match at Simonds Stadium on Saturday night to go past Glen Jakovich's club record of 276.
"It's a lot of games," Cox said.
"I suppose getting to Jako's record wasn't a massive goal but I'm proud of what I've done in my footy career, to be able to represent this great club so many times.
"So 300, if it happens it happens, who knows? But it's not a focus point of mine."
Saturday, 5 April 2014
Mark LeCras is expected to spend time on the sidelines after injuring his right forearm in West Coast's 25-point win over St Kilda.
"It could be the same issue he had in the past with his arm," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"We don't know yet. It doesn't look great. He'll miss weeks."
After crossing over to the Eagles from St Kilda in 2013, Jamie Cripps says teammate Dean Cox is one of the best players of the modern era.
"He's an awesome player," Cripps said.
"He's nearly got the best skills at the club kicking both left and right foot really well. Coming in from outside I didn't know he was this good but he's one of the best footballers I've seen."
Friday, 4 April 2014
Beau Waters' season is over due to another shoulder operation.
Monday, 31 March 2014
Shannon Hurn will be sidelined for at least a month due to a medial strain in his right knee.
Dean Cox will break an AFL record against St Kilda on Saturday by going past Stephen Milne for the most games played by a rookie-listed player, with 276.
Eagles teammate Callum Sinclair labels Cox a 'freak'.
"I'm in shock sometimes," Sinclair said.
"He's one of those guys who's good at everything. He's very professional around the club and takes his footy very seriously. He takes pride in his body.
"He's a freak. I think we're going to have to cart him out of the joint. I don't think he'll be going any time soon. He's playing terrific footy."
Sunday, 30 March 2014
Shannon Hurn will be sidelined for at least a fortnight after suffering a knee injury in the Eagles' big win over Melbourne.
Monday, 17 March 2014
Mark Hutchings has been ruled out of the Eagles' season opener with a back injury.
Sunday, 16 March 2014
West Coast recruit Xavier Ellis has admitted he was overweight and unfit when he arrived for his first summer of pre-season training with the Eagles.
"I didn't come over in peak condition. I didn't play much footy for a couple of years, so I was a bit overweight, sloppy and a bit unfit," Ellis said.
"I remember Murray Newman losing a 2km (time trial) to John Worsfold (in 2012). He would have had me too.
"But I'm fit now. The fitness staff and doctors have been great."
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Shannon Hurn signs a three-year contract extension with West Coast, tying him to the Eagles until the end of the 2017 season.
"You always have to consider your options but I have no intention of going anywhere else, so thought we'd settle things early," Hurn said.
"I enjoy the football club, some of my best mates are here and I think it's a pretty exciting time for the club.
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Murray Newman is jailed for 12 months after being found guilty of fracturing a man's jaw at a Perth nightclub for sleeping with his girlfriend.
"The club does not condone Murray's actions, or similar violent acts, but will continue to support him," Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett said.
"As we have done throughout this case, we will continue to work closely with the AFL on this difficult issue.
"We would like to retain Murray on the club's rookie list for the 2014 season as the club believes that it will be an important part of his rehabilitation and his re-integration to society – and football – upon his release.
"Since this incident occurred, Murray has been exemplary around the club, and is deeply sorry for his actions."
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
West Coast will be conservative with star ruckman Nic Naitanui in his first hit-out of the year at Patersons Stadium in a practice match against Fremantle.
"We're not looking at an exceptional performance from Nic," West Coast coach Adam Simpson said.
"We just want to get his numbers up. It's been a long time since he's played so we'll be really conservative with our approach."
Thursday, 13 February 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says Nic Naitanui is not certainty to play in round one.
"It's not about, 'Let's get him to round one'. It's just, 'Let's get him right'. It's a long year," Simpson said.
"He's not ready to play right now. If he progresses like he has, he'll play round one. If he has a hiccup, he won't play.
"It's a day-to-day, week-to-week thing."
Friday, 7 February 2014
Darren Glass concedes that 2014 could well be his last year as an AFL player.
"I've been saying that for the last three or four years that it could be and I really don't know. I wouldn't make a call until well into the season and see how things are tracking," Glass said.
"(We'll see) where the team is at (and) how I'm tracking mentally and physically. Of course the club has a say as well."
Thursday, 6 February 2014
Brady Rawlings says his immense respect for West Coast coach Adam Simpson led him to leaving his role at North Melbourne to take up an assistant coaching role at West Coast.
"It's not too often when someone you respect so highly, and you've got a great relationship with, gets a senior coaching job," Rawlings said.
"I thought it was too good an opportunity not to take. To be involved with Simmo, going on this ride was something that was enough for me to leave the club I love and move my family over to the western side of the country as well."
Scott Selwood says he believes Dom Sheed has a physique that's ready made for AFL.
"Dom's a guy with a big build who can come in and is ready-built for AFL footy," Selwood said.
"He's still got a lot to learn in terms of game-plan and structure and things like that but in terms of his attitude and the way he goes about it is first-class."
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Darren Glass is set to become West Coast's longest-serving captain after the Eagles announced the 32-year-old as their leader for the eighth straight season.
"It has always been an honour to be captain of the West Coast Eagles and it is something I cherish," Glass said.
"Having said that, however, I have said in the last couple of years that if my teammates felt there was someone better to lead them, then I would step aside.
"I never take the position for granted and with my teammates deciding they wanted me to continue and subsequent endorsement from the match committee and board I am thrilled to captain the club again in 2014."
Saturday, 25 January 2014
West Coast are yet to decide if Beau Waters will require more surgery on his troublesome shoulder.
"The procedure he had was successful but there was a little bit of an infection in the shoulder," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"They had to take the screws out. Hopefully it's been in long enough.
"He's a 50-50 chance for whether he needs another bout of surgery or not. It could be a lengthy one if he needs it."
Saturday, 11 January 2014
Dean Cox says a fit Nic Naitanui is the Eagles' prime ruckman.
"Certainly if Nic is up and running and fully fit he is our No.1 ruckman," Cox told News Limited.
"He's such an important part of our footy team to make sure that his work rate is really monitored throughout the year as well and that he can front up pain free."
Sunday, 5 January 2014
Beau Waters has had to undergo further surgery on his shoulder after surgeons were forced to prematurely remove the pins they had inserted due to infection.
"The procedure he had was successful. But there was a little bit of an infection in the shoulder," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"They had to take the screws out. Hopefully it's been in long enough.
"He's a 50-50 chance for whether he needs another bout of surgery or not. It could be a lengthy one if he needs it."
Saturday, 4 January 2014
Beau Waters is in doubt for round one after re-injuring his troublesome right shoulder.
Waters had pins and plates inserted into the shoulder in August, but an injury suffered before Christmas meant they had to be removed.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Murray Newman is found guilty of assault occasioning bodily harm by the Perth District Court but the Eagles say they will continue to stand by the young midfielder.
"We believe it is important to support Murray through a pivotal time in his young life," Eagles football manager Craig Vozzo said.
"Since the incident, we have noticed positive changes in Murray's life and we feel we need to assist that progress.
"With support, understanding and direction we believe Murray can mature into a young man who can contribute positively to the Western Australian community."
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Murray Newman tells the Perth District Court he acted in self-defense when he punched Brett Marris and broke Marris' jaw.
"I felt scared because they could turn against me," Newman said.
According to his evidence, Mr Newman was grabbed around the throat by Mr Marris - which is when he hit out to defend himself.
Defence lawyer David Grace QC told the jury it should question the reliability of Mr Marris' evidence, while saying threatening Facebook messages the footballer had sent the victim before the alleged assault were "immature".
Prosecutor Michael Perrella said Mr Newman's claims of self-defence were a "complete red-herring", and questioned why he had not mentioned being grabbed by the throat to the police.
"It is an attempt to portray himself as the victim to take your focus away from the fact that he was the aggressor," Perrella said.
Monday, 16 December 2013
Murray Newman's trial begins with the West Coast footballer being accused of causing grievous bodily harm to Brett Marris, then aged 20, in November last year.
Prosecutors alleged on Monday that Newman had a grudge against Mr Marris because he had slept with Newman's girlfriend when the couple were on a break.
After weeks of threats from Newman on Facebook, the pair saw each other at the Library Nightclub in Northbridge, where they fought for about 10 seconds before bouncers broke up the fight, the court heard.
But the defence team said Newman, who was the only one of the pair sober that night, acted in self-defence against a taller man. Mr Marris testified that Newman confronted him near the entrance of the club and wanted to have a fight outside.
He said Newman was loud and aggressive, and took the first swing.
Mr Marris said he drank 10 mixed drinks that night and had pushed Newman with an open hand, but denied placing his hand on Newman's neck and upper chest.
Friday, 6 December 2013
The Eagles take no chances with Nic Naitanui to ensure there is no repeat of his injury-plagued 2013.
"Let's try to get it right for the long-term, is the approach, and slowly but surely we are getting there," West Coast football operations manager Craig Vozzo said.
"It can be frustrating at times for any player, not just Nic, spending extended periods in a rehab program.
"But Nic is handling it pretty well, we think, and we're keen to keep that graduated improvement going and we're confident we will."
Star trio Josh Kennedy, Jack Darling, and Matt Priddis extend contracts their contracts with West Coast.
"It is great to have three quality players and outstanding individuals extend their commitment to the club," Eagles' football operations manager Craig Vozzo said.
"We see all three players as very important to our plan of improving as quickly as possible.
"We hold them all in very high regard and are delighted they have extended their commitment to the club."
Thursday, 5 December 2013
West Coast is pleased with the way troubled rookie Murray Newman has applied himself to pre-season training as his impending court case looms.
"With his off-field position it's obviously challenging but you wouldn't know that now," West Coast football operations manager Craig Vozzo said.
"He's been really happy, putting his head down and throwing himself into his work.
"So I'm sure there's some anxiety there around what's happening with the legal process but you wouldn't know that from the way he's conducted himself at the footy club. We're very pleased with him."
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Retired Eagle Daniel Kerr says a severe hamstring injury in 2010 was the beginning of the end for him as an AFL player.
"I couldn't play the football I was capable of playing [after the injury]," Kerr said.
"I was able to play football to a reasonable level which allowed me to play in the team but ever since I did my hamstring I was never the same player I was before that.
"The only reason I could play AFL football for the period I did was because of the Eagles medical staff.
"Without those guys I probably would've only played 150 games."
Saturday, 30 November 2013
Former West Coast rookie Michael Mascoulis has died in a car accident near his home in Victoria.
The 20-year-old was on the Eagles' rookie list for the 2012 season and played for WAFL team West Perth.
"Michael was a larger than life character and loved the West Perth Football Club, and [was loved] by everyone at the club and we wish our sincerest condolences to his family at this terrible time," West Perth management said on the Falcons' Facebook page.
Friday, 29 November 2013
Midfielder Matt Priddis wins the newly-minted John Worsfold Medal as West Coast's best and fairest for season 2013.
Priddis led all votes ahead of runner up Eric Mackenzie followed by Josh Kennedy and paid tribute to former coach John Worsfold for being one of the most influential people in his life.
"I've idolised (Worsfold) since I was a kid, since I've started following footy," Priddis said.
"He's had a massive impact on my life on and off the field.
"He's always encouraged me to play to your strengths. Don't be anyone else other than yourself and I can't thank him enough.
"So for this medal to be named after him it's a massive honour."
Monday, 25 November 2013
West Coast draftee Dom Sheed says being far from his home in South Australia will be a challenge he looks forward to.
"I'm happy where I am and extremely excited by the opportunity," he said.
"Obviously it's going to be a lot harder with WA so far away from SA. It's a good step to learn to be more independent, I guess."
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Former West Coast assistant David Teague joins St Kilda's 2014 coaching staff as a defensive coach.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Darren Glass says it will be up to his teammates to decide if he should continue as captain in 2014.
"I'm quite happy with whatever the player group decides," Glass said.
"If it is time to step away and move on or someone else is better equipped to do the job then I happy with that as well."
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Murray Newman is delisted by West Coast ahead of his December trial on a grievous bodily harm charge, but the Eagles have committed to reclaiming the small forward in this month's NAB AFL Rookie Draft.
"The trial is post-draft and because of the seriousness of the offence and uncertainty around the outcome, we have had to take the step of delisting Murray, but have also pledged to support him through the process," West Coast football operations manager Craig Vozzo said.
"While we have cut him from the primary list at this stage, we have committed to keep Murray at the club via the rookie draft.
"We have supported him through a very difficult period and will continue to do so during the challenging period ahead."
Saturday, 9 November 2013
Nic Naitanui has battled groin soreness throughout the 2013 season but Eagles coach Adam Simpson believes the star ruckman will be pain-free and ready to tackle the pre-season on November 18.
"He's definitely running now - I think he's pain-free," Simpson said.
"So, touch wood, he's right to go. We'll manage him as well. He's pretty keen to make a pretty good first impression, so we'll make sure we manage his loads, but at the moment he looks OK."
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
As he awaits his fate after being charged with grievous bodily harm over an incident in a Perth nightclub last year, Murray Newman has been given a "clean slate" with new Eagles coach Adam Simpson.
"He's got a clean slate with me. I spoke to him briefly a couple of weeks ago and I mentioned exactly that, " Simpson said.
"He's been at the club most days. He's got a really good attitude at the moment. We'll be a little bit patient with what happens in the next few weeks.
"We can't make too many plans until we find out what happens. But he's a talent."
Monday, 4 November 2013
Former North Melbourne defender Daniel Pratt will join his ex-teammate Adam Simpson at West Coast as a development coach.
"Seeing how 'Simmo' worked at Hawthorn, when this opportunity came up I was very excited," Pratt said.
"It's a strong list and the last 12 months were tough mainly because of injuries. There's real upside here and I'm looking forward to getting involved."
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Bradd Dalziell and Cale Morton are delisted by the Eagles.
"This is the toughest part of the game, particularly when it involves quality people," Eagles football operations manager Craig Vozzo said in a club statement.
"Unfortunately, it is the nature of the game.
"Both Bradd and Cale have been valued contributors to the football club and we thank them for the role they have each played. They will always be welcome at the West Coast Eagles."
Monday, 28 October 2013
The Crows name former West Coast rookie Heath Younie as coach of their SANFL side.
"I'm super excited. It's a unique opportunity given it's the first time that the club has had a state league side," Younie said.
"There will be massive challenges with the role, but I'm certainly looking forward to them."
Adrian Hickmott is elevated to a senior assistant coaching role at West Coast under new coach Adam Simpson.
"I have been coaching ever since I retired and this is a really exciting opportunity," Hickmott said in a club statement.
"For the last two years I have been working with the backs in a development role. I believe I have built a strong rapport with the players and I look forward to continuing to assist them impacting in the AFL."
"I am really looking forward to working with Adam and the other coaching staff. We have a terrific group of players and we are all committed to seeing the club rise up the ladder."
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Don Pyke joins the Eagles as an assistant coach and will focus on strategy, stoppages and structure under new coach Adam Simpson.
"After several years out of the AFL scene, I am really looking forward to working with Adam Simpson and the other coaches in maximising the output of the squad, which I think has real potential," Pyke said.
"It is nice to be back working at the club I played for as we prepare for the challenge to rebound after a disappointing season."
Monday, 14 October 2013
Daniel Kerr hangs up his boots despite having a year to run on his contract saying his body can no longer handle the rigours of AFL footy.
"I've been lucky to be able to wake up every day and do what I love, but lately it has become harder to get my body to carry out my mind's instructions," Kerr said.
"It was hard to come to terms with the fact that I probably wasn't going to be able to play to the standard that I wanted, but I recognise that my best football is past me and it's time to step aside to let the new generation through.
"I've had the time of my life at this football club and I've made friends that I'll keep until the end of my days."
Brady Rawlings joins West Coast as an assistant coach after serving as North Melbourne's senior recruiter and induction coach for the past two years.
Rawlings will reunite with former teammate Adam Simpson whom he played with at the Kangaroos.
"The role as assistant coach to 'Simmo' at the Eagles is a great opportunity and a challenge that I feel I am ready for," Rawlings said.
"I've always thought Adam was a senior coach in the making and I'm looking forward to working under someone I respect so highly.
"I would like to sincerely thank everyone at North for their support and for the understanding that has been extended to me throughout this process and decision."
Sunday, 13 October 2013
Cameron Bruce is promoted from development to the role of assistant coach at the Hawks following Adam Simpson accepting the role of head coach at West Coast.
Friday, 11 October 2013
Jaymie Graham joins West Coast as development coach for 2014 as part of new coach Adam Simpson's coaching team.
"I can't wait to sink my teeth into this role and start working with Adam Simpson," Graham said.
"Adam is someone I've always admired from afar and I think he'll make an excellent senior coach.
"I'm also looking forward to reuniting with some former teammates, some of whom are still playing, as well as Adam Selwood who has also taken up a coaching role with the club."
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
Scott Burns says he is ready to be senior coach of a club but fully understands why he was overlooked for the Eagles job.
"Woosh was here for 12 years and I was here for five of them. Take myself out of the equation and remove my ego and I can fully understand the direction they were going in," Burns said.
"I feel like I'm ready to go and the club certainly don't see that any differently, but for where the club wants to go at this point in time I'm just not the right fit and I completely understand."
Monday, 7 October 2013
After failing to land the top job at West Coast, Scott Burns will leave his role as assistant coach of the Eagles to join Nathan Buckley's coaching team at Collingwood.
"I have really enjoyed my time at the Eagles and appreciate the opportunities they have given me," Burns said.
"The chance to take up this position at Collingwood was too good to pass up and I'm looking forward to the next chapter.
"I've learnt a lot from so many people at the club and I'd like to thank them and wish them well for the future."
Thursday, 3 October 2013
New West Coast coach Adam Simpson says he is keen to keep Scott Burns on as assistant coach of the club despite beating him to the top job at the Eagles.
"I'd love him to stay, but I understand his situation and what he's been through in the last week," Simpson said.
"From what I can gather, the people already here are made of the right stuff.
"There are some guys I want to talk to and we'll find out in the next few days where they're at.
"There's no doubt you need people you can trust when you're starting off in a job."
Fremantle assistant coach Peter Sumich says he is dismayed at having missed out on the top coaching job at the Eagles.
"I'm gutted, no doubt about that," he said.
"I thought I was a really good chance of getting this one and unfortunately it didn't work out.
"But I understand the club's move and we all move on. I've just signed a new contract with Fremantle and I'm looking forward to that."
Adam Simpson will leave his role as assistant coach of Hawthorn after accepting an offer to coach West Coast for three years.
"I am grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to moving across to Perth with my family and settling in to the challenge ahead," Simpson said.
"I have always admired West Coast from afar and I believe the list has an exciting mix of senior and emerging young players.
"I would like to acknowledge both Hawthorn and North Melbourne for the grounding they have given to me in this game."
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Alastair Clarkson quashes media reports that he will join West Coast after coaching the Hawks in this year's Grand Final.
"Those who know me well would understand that my values would never have me walk away from a commitment to our club," Clarkson said.
"My family and I have had a great journey with this club and we are optimistic that the coming years are going to be an exciting time for Hawthorn Football Club."
Friday, 20 September 2013
Recently retired Eagle Adam Selwood joins the West Coast's coaching panel as a development coach for season 2014.
"I'm pretty excited about the opportunity and after contemplating a number of options, this felt like the best fit and right for my transition into the next phase," Selwood said.
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
John Worsfold says Eagles assistant coaches Peter Sumich and Scott Burns are ready to succeed him as head coach of the Eagles.
"Peter Sumich has now followed a very good pathway into giving himself the background to be a senior coach, having coached reserve level in the WAFL and in the seniors, and then as an assistant coach at two difference clubs over 12 years," Worsfold said.
"And Scott Burns … [his coaching career is a] bit shorter but as a player for such a long period and playing under Leigh Matthews and then Mick Malthouse, and then working with myself for five years, I think he's got a good grasp of what coaching takes and how you can attack different issues."
Port Adelaide has axed midfield coach Shaun Rehn, to be replaced by West Coast strategy and innovations coach Phil Walsh.
"To have such an experienced and well-credentialed coach like Phil return to our club is very exciting," Port Adelaide director of coaching and strategy Alan Richardson said.
"Having spent the last five seasons at such a great club like West Coast, Phil will bring a wealth of experience and fresh ideas to our coaching panel.
"He played such a vital role in our club's 2004 premiership win and also the 2007 finals campaign. We see him as a perfect fit."
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Neale Daniher steps down as Eagles footy operations manager due to health issues.
"Unfortunately, I do need to focus a lot of energy on my own health and wellbeing at this stage and the role of football operations general manager is quite demanding," Daniher said.
"I don't believe I could commit the time needed to be effective, so it is important to recognise that and bring someone in who can contribute as required.
"I would also like to thank the club for the great support they have offered me and we all look forward to 2014 with optimism."
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Nic Naitanui backs current Eagles assistant coach Scott Burns to take over from the recently resigned John Worsfold as head coach of the Eagles.
"I just think he's probably the right man to do it, but I'm sure if they choose someone else that's going to be the right decision as well," Naitanui said.
"He's a very wise man. He's brought a lot since he's come from Collingwood and he's worked under 'Woosh' for the last five years as well."
Thursday, 5 September 2013
Following his resignation, John Worsfold admits he has struggled to find the motivation to continue as head coach of West Coast.
"I have come to that decision around the fact I shouldn't do the job if I don't have the energy to give it absolutely everything; that wouldn't be the right thing for the club and basically that's where it got to," Worsfold said.
"It's not the right thing for me or for the club. The players will feel it, the staff will feel it, if the senior coach is not warts and all in. And that means emotionally you have to be right in, you have to be all over everything."
John Worsfold resigns as coach of West Coast after 12 years at the helm.
"I think that it's important that John recognised that he didn't have the energy and the passion and the enthusiasm and the emotion to keep going," Eagles chairman Alan Cransberg said.
"He very clearly said that from him point of view, now was the right time for him to move on and he also thought that the club was in a good position to put a new coach in place."
Monday, 2 September 2013
Daniel Kerr's future is unclear as the West Coast midfielder continues to deal with ongoing issues with his knee.
"There's a chance he might be retiring but there's also a chance he might not. It's pretty hard to say either way at the moment," Kerr's manager Colin Young said.
"On any given day he feels 120 per cent and then the next day obviously he's a little bit sore.
"I think John (Worsfold) and Daniel have had quite a few meetings over the last 10-12 weeks to make sure that they've monitored him right and they've played things accordingly."
Sunday, 1 September 2013
Retiring Eagle Adam Selwood plays through pain in his final AFL game against Adelaide at Patersons Stadium.
"Nothing was going to make me miss this week," Selwood said.
"I was exhausted from being out there. I only played a half but I definitely know the game is too quick for me now.
"It was a pretty emotional time out on the field and then getting in there obviously it was a pretty sombre mood with the performance we had.
"Now it's just a matter of enjoying the career and the opportunity I've had, and I'll catch up with a few of the boys later on and just reflect on what's just happened over the last 11 years."
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Andrew Embley will play his 250th and final game against Adelaide at Patersons Stadium after calling an end to his career.
"I knew that I was such a better player than what I showed in my first three or four years at the club," Embley said.
"I always feel like the easiest thing about AFL footy was getting drafted. The hardest thing was making a career out of it.
"I was drinking a little bit of alcohol at the time.
"I nearly blew a chance in the early days, and I'm very thankful I didn't go to another club or I wasn't de-listed and I was able to make a career at this club, which means a hell of a lot to me."
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
A 25-year old man has been charged with the assault of West Coast defender Will Schofield.
The Bell Post Hill man was charged by Geelong police with intentionally and recklessly causing injury and was bailed to appear in the Geelong Magistrates' Court on October 1.
Monday, 26 August 2013
Dustin Fletcher's record-breaking 379th game for Essendon is on hold after a hamstring injury ruled him out of Saturday night's clash with Richmond.
Fletcher has missed the past two weeks with suspension after equalling Simon Madden's club record of 378 club against West Coast in round 20.
Sunday, 25 August 2013
Will Schofield has sustained serious facial injuries after he was allegedly assaulted in Geelong in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The Eagles said in a statement that Schofield was the victim of an unprovoked attack after he had been granted permission to stay in Victoria to visit friends and family following Friday night's loss to Collingwood.
Friday, 23 August 2013
Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett says the club isn't completely certain on re-signing John Worsfold as coach of West Coast next year.
"We need to make the right decision and we want John to coach us next year, but we want to make sure we're correct," Nisbett told 3AW radio.
"Although there's every chance that's going to happen, we need to be sure."
Thursday, 22 August 2013
Matthew Priddis will play his 150th game this week against Collingwood and Eagles coach John Worsfold says other players should follow his lead.
"We've used Pridda as an example many times," Worsfold said.
"Not only do we use him and use anecdotes around him but he sets the example in the way he's goes about it around the footy club.
"Pridda is just a remarkable character really. He's a quality young man with an amazing focus on producing the best he can get out of himself.
"That's what ended up giving him the opportunity to get on a list."
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Eagles coach John Worsfold expects Andrew Embley to retire at the end of the season but will the club stalwart to play his 250th game at home in Patersons Stadium.
"I think to have one more game at Patersons Stadium in front of the people who have watched him over the last 14 years would be pretty good," Embley said.
"I think he warrants that sort of respect."
Eagles coach John Worsfold says he would like another two years at the helm.
"I would like to talk to the club about that, but my last two or three contracts have been two years in length," Worsfold said.
"So I've got a bit of a liking for two-year contracts."
Monday, 19 August 2013
Despite being well in the race for the Coleman Medal himself, Eagle Josh Kennedy says he would love to see young Giant Jeremy Cameron win it.
"He's a superstar. He's 20 years old. He's in a team that's developing. He's a player that's getting the best backman every week," Kennedy said.
"His year has been exceptional and he's been great to watch."
Friday, 16 August 2013
Dean Cox signs on with the Eagles for 2015 and is on track to beat Glen Jakovich's club games-played record.
"When you get to my age, it's a matter of 'can I still perform at the level I want to?'" Cox said.
"And then 'can my body allow me to do that?'
"If I can tick both of those boxes, and I still have a huge desire and passion to play good football for this footy club, then the decision at this time of the year was very easy."
Thursday, 15 August 2013
Sharrod Wellingham has had to wait until round 21 to bring up game 100 due to two ankle injuries that have kept him out of 12 matches this season.
"This year has been a bit frustrating but I have been a bit lucky up until this year," Wellingham said.
"So I have to count my lucky stars on that one, I just have to approach it as another game really.
"I am glad I have reached it [the milestone] finally and hopefully we can get a big win."
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Injuries have prompted Eagles Adam Selwood and Mark Nicoski to announce their retirements at the age of 29.
"I ended up getting a back injury that's held me back a fair bit this year. And I just couldn't hit the heights I needed to. It affected my form," Selwood said.
"I guess you never really know when the game taps you on the shoulder, and it did that night at AAMI Stadium because I never got where an Eagles jumper ever again," Nicoski said.
Mark LeCras is ruled out for at least a week with two broken ribs suffered against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.
Monday, 12 August 2013
Dean Cox says there is no doubt in his mind that he wants to play on in 2014.
"Certainly at my age, you want to make sure that you can play football next year, body permitting, if it allows you to," Cox said.
"And then if you still have the drive, the passion to want to succeed at this level, which I've still got."
Sunday, 11 August 2013
West Coast coach John Worsfold praises the efforts of Mark LeCras after the forward booted five second-half goals against the Bombers despite suffering bruised ribs.
"He's a talented player, but he's also a tough kid," Worsfold said.
"He had to tell us if he thought he could still contribute at the required level at half-time, and he wanted to give it a go."
Friday, 9 August 2013
Daniel Kerr has been sent in for minor knee surgery on Friday after leaving the training track on Wednesday with discomfort.
Kerr has managed just 10 matches this season for West Coast due to various issues surrounding his knees and a cracked rib.
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Darren Glass will extend his career to a 15th season after re-signing with the Eagles to play on in 2014.
Tuesday, 6 August 2013
Mark Hutchings is making the most of his second AFL opportunity at the Eagles after being axed by St Kilda.
"As a mature-age draftee, you understand it's not easy to make it onto an AFL list," Hutchings said.
"You definitely realise how much work it's taken and you just want to make the most of it - leave no stone unturned and give it your best shot.
"Whereas if you're drafted at 18, you kind of think 'oh well, it was straight onto an AFL list and I'll be playing games next year'."
Monday, 5 August 2013
Eagles skipper Darren Glass says he will make a decision about his future over the next month.
"I'm enjoying my footy. The concern for me is, can I play good footy next year?" Glass said.
"That's what it's about. I want to make sure I can do that, I want to be really confident."
Sunday, 4 August 2013
Dean Cox says wants to play on in 2014 but that he is not prepared to sign a contract extension for longer than a year.
"Obviously I still love playing the game and I have that really competitive feeling every time I go out," Cox said.
"So I want to continue playing footy. But I don't want put it more than a season because I don't know how I am going to feel."
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Dean Cox's manager Paul Connors says his client is keen to play on next year.
"'Coxy' wants to play on at West Coast," Connors said.
"His form this year has been really good and his body is still in good nick, so we expect to start talks with the club soon."
Thursday, 25 July 2013
After requesting a trade to St Kilda at the end of last year, Mitch Brown signs a new contract with West Coast that will keep him at the club for another three years.
"Last year I was in and out of the side, played only (eight) games and while I concentrated on playing as well as I could at East Fremantle and enjoyed playing there, I wanted to be playing in the AFL," Brown said.
"This year I have been playing more consistently at AFL level and it has been satisfying."
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
John Worsfold backs Daniel Kerr to continue playing on in 2014 despite the midfielder struggling to regain peak fitness this year.
"If we can get him to a point where he can train at the required level and therefore play at the required level, then he has a lot of good games ahead of him," Worsfold said.
"With Daniel, we know that even at 80 per cent fitness, he can still perform really well, but that is getting tougher and tougher with the issues that he has been carrying.
"Really it is around whether we can we get his body right. I am sure he's got brilliant football left in him if he is as sound as he can be."
John Worsfold says he will make a presentation to the club, giving the strongest hint so far that he intends to continue coaching the Eagles beyond this year.
"I'm putting a plan in action to present to the footy club," Worsfold said.
"So in a nutshell, I will be very clear on where it's all at inside a month, and we'll go from there."
Sunday, 21 July 2013
Eagles coach John Worsfold says he expects more from Daniel Kerr than what he is producing so far.
"Really his performances the previous couple of games he played for us he was struggling to play the footy we need him to play," Worsfold said.
"While he does his good stoppage work other players are having to pick up the slack around the ground.
"So Daniel needs to be up and being able to run and play offensive and defensive footy as well as just be good at stoppages."
Monday, 15 July 2013
Murray Newman has been granted compassionate leave from West Coast to deal with "personal issues" that stem from his pending court hearing.
"The club is supporting Murray through this period and we ask that people respect his privacy as he deals with this matter," a statement from the Eagles said.
"The club will make no further comment on the issue."
Matthew Pavlich accepts a three game ban for his front-on bump against West Coast's Mitch Brown.
"Matthew and I always have a chat on a Monday and obviously he's frustrated and disappointed," Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said.
"But from my end and Matthew's end, it's a split-second decision you've got to make and it went the wrong way and now he's frustrated for a couple of weeks."
With a tally of 25.24, Mark LeCras has not been his accurate self this year but denies that an armguard is behind his wayward shots at goal.
"I think when I started missing a few I started that rumour," LeCras said.
"I cut [the armguard] down six weeks ago so it's pretty lightweight.
"It's not really bothering me at the moment. I'll probably have to play with it for the rest of the year. I don't think about it too much."
Saturday, 13 July 2013
Questions are raised about Murray Newman's future at West Coast after the 19-year-old left Claremont Oval at quarter-time while playing for Swan Districts in the WAFL.
Newman collected one possession in the opening term before storming into the rooms at the first change, grabbing his bag and leaving the ground.
West Coast football operations manager Neale Daniher was at Claremont Oval and investigated with Swans officials as to why Newman disappeared but declined to comment.
Drew Petrie has joined a chorus of voices calling on the AFL to overhaul its contentious Match Review Panel after the panel found Shaun McKernan's elbow to Eagle Brad Sheppard to be reckless rather than intentional.
"Shaun McKernan's elbow to the head of West Coast Eagles midfielder Brad Sheppard was appalling," Petrie wrote in an article for the Ballarat Courier.
"More shocking though was the AFL match review panel's finding. Two weeks. That's all the Adelaide Crows' big man was rubbed out for.
"I don't understand how it's been allowed to get this bad and this disappointing. Every week, we are left dumbfounded by its findings and the system is having a direct impact on the careers of players."
Friday, 12 July 2013
Former Demon Cale Morton will make his debut as a West Coast Eagle after being named in the side to take on Fremantle in round 16.
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
AFL football operations chief Mark Evans says Shaun McKernan's two-match ban for elbowing West Coast's Brad Sheppard was lenient.
"My opinion was the grading of the McKernan incident was a little lenient," Evans said.
"But the match review panel would have looked into all the angles of the vision. They spoke to the umpires.
"I accepted the match review panel would have looked into this far greater than I would have, but I would've felt it was slightly lenient.
"The question comes as to when should the general manager of football operations go above that and try to direct something to a Tribunal."
Monday, 8 July 2013
The Adelaide Crows accept a two-match ban for Shaun McKernan for elbowing Eagle Brad Sheppard in the head.
"We probably thought it'd be two or three weeks, it came back as two, so it's good for Shaun," Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson said.
Beau Waters will undergo an arthroscopy on his left knee that will rule him out for up to three matches.
Josh Kennedy says he hopes to modify his infamous stuttering approach during set shots for goal.
"With the stutter, I suppose it's getting to a point where it's probably getting a bit risky and I was probably losing a bit of control on the way I wanted to kick," Kennedy said.
"So that's something I'm working on and slowly coming to this last half of the year trying to minimise it."
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Mark Nicoski's AFL comeback is delayed until 2014 after the unlucky Eagle injured his wrist playing for Subiaco in the WAFL, requiring surgery.
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Andrew Embley apologises for dropping his knees into Ben Stratton.
"I'm very apologetic towards Ben Stratton, and also to footy supporters in general," Embley said.
"It's out of character for me, it's not what I'm about, and it's not what people want to see when they go to the football.
"I've always been the kind of person to front up to my mistakes; I made a blue, and I'll cop my penalty on the chin."
Monday, 24 June 2013
West Coast sharpshooter Mark Le Cras looks set to be a one-club player, committing to the Eagles for a further four seasons.
"Having a player of Mark's ability recommit to the club for the next four years is a key element of our list management strategy," West Coast list manager Craig Vozzo said.
"He is seen as important part of our playing group, both now and into the future. As a 26-year-old, despite everything he has already achieved, we believe his best is yet to come."
Shannon Hurn and Scott Selwood face extended stints on the sidelines after the pair were injured in the Eagles' clash against Hawthorn.
Hurn is set to miss eight weeks due to an injured ankle which will require surgery while Selwood has a suspected broken thumb.
Friday, 21 June 2013
Andrew Embley faces certain suspension after being seen to drop his knee into Hawk Ben Stratton in their clash at Etihad Stadium.
Embley is then seen to shove Stratton's face into the ground.
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Eric Mackenzie signs a new deal with the Eagles that will keep him at the club until the end of 2017.
"It's great to have the contract out of the way by this stage of the season," Mackenzie said.
"It will allow me to concentrate purely on what needs to be done in the second half of the year."
Thursday, 13 June 2013
Beau Maister will miss up to eight weeks following surgery on a serious hamstring injury.
Maister damaged the lateral hamstring tendon behind his left knee while in pursuit of West Coast defender Eric Mackenzie in the dying stages of the Saints' clash with the Eagles at Etihad Stadium.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Eagles coach John Worsfold says Nic Naitanui is no chance of leaving West Coast despite overtures from GWS and their coach Kevin Sheedy.
"While he's contracted here, it's not in our plans for any of that to change. That's the short answer," Worsfold said.
"Nic's a wonderful young man, level-headed with great values. We're very lucky to have that package here."
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
As West Coast prepare to take on GWS at Skoda Stadium, GWS coach Kevin Sheedy pens an open letter to Nic Naitanui, declaring his utmost admiration for the star ruckman who was born in Penrith in Sydney's west.
"From the moment you set foot on an AFL field, you captured the public's imagination with your extraordinary athleticism, prodigious leap and ability to provide dazzling moments like last weekend," Sheedy wrote.
"Our game needs stars and you are truly one of those. I only wish you had never left Western Sydney and had played for the Giants.
"I am pleased though that you will be coming here this Saturday when the Eagles play the Giants at Skoda Stadium. Our game needs drawcards and you are certainly one of those."
Monday, 20 May 2013
Sharrod Wellingham has been ruled out for five to seven weeks with a left ankle injury.
In just his third match for his new club, Wellingham was subbed out in the second term against North Melbourne on Friday night and has been diagnosed with a low-grade syndesmosis injury.
The syndesmosis is the membrane surrounding the ankle joint. It is understood that Wellingham's latest injury is very similar - but less severe - than the one he suffered to his right ankle in the pre-season and is unlikely to require surgery.
Friday, 17 May 2013
After kicking the winning goal against North Melbourne, Nic Naitanui says personal grief tempered his exuberance about his heroics.
"My girlfriend's little cousin passed away. Being a young little baby it's pretty sad," Naitanui said.
"The funeral was yesterday. I guess I was pretty high on emotion and dedicated that game and that finish to them and the family."
"It just puts everything into perspective as well. There's people doing it tougher out there and we're pretty fortunate to be doing what we do everyday."
Nic Naitanui kicks a goal after the siren to stun the Roos.
The Fijian phenomenon took a towering mark over a huge pack with 30 seconds to go and calmly slotted a goal after the siren to send a packed Patersons Stadium into pandemonium, giving West Coast an extraordinary two-point win over North Melbourne.
"I backed him to mark it, and kick a goal," Eagles coach John Worsfold said after the match.
"It happened so quick. Just looking at the clock, it was just kick it in long. Nic was the one we were probably thinking might be able to mark it, and somehow he did it."
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
AFL.com.au withdraws an article containing allegations about Daniel Chick and the medical treatment he had allegedly received.
Beau Waters says he had no hesitation in signing with West Coast for another two years.
"The club's shown great faith over a long period of time," Waters said.
"There was never any real question about being a one-club player. It was more about the club thinking I had two more years in me. It's terrific."
Monday, 13 May 2013
On the eve of Darren Glass' 250th game, West Coast coach John Worsfold says the veteran defender is among the best players he has been involved with at the club.
"He's up there with any of the best players that have played at this club," Worsfold said about Glass.
"I'm not going to say which one of them rates above the other. I'm happy for everyone to make their own call on that.
"Everyone sees different things. Glassy's record as a player stacks up with all our best guys."
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Mark Hutchings is set to make his AFL debut at the Gabba on Saturday for the Eagles, three years after he was first drafted by St Kilda as a rookie.
"I just feel definitely better equipped this time around, just through my skills as a footballer, but as a person as well," Hutchings said.
"It's a tough gig. Especially when you're 18, no matter how well you feel and think you're going to do all right, there are always those challenges of being away from home, and just the life skills in general."
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
John Worsfold says he remains unperturbed by media speculation over his contract situation.
"All I can say is that I'll either be coaching next year here or I won't be. People can create talk and they can take punts. It doesn't faze me," Worsfold said.
"Come October I'll sit down with 'Nizzy' (Trevor Nisbett) and Alan (Cransberg) and talk about where the club wants to go."
Monday, 6 May 2013
Darren Glass says he is enjoying his footy but has not committed to playing on in 2014.
"I just love playing. I love competing. I love the game," Glass said.
"Physically I feel good. But things change and there's still a long way to go in the year.
"I haven't really thought about (playing on) to be honest, but I would assume perhaps we would talk at the end of the year."
Saturday, 4 May 2013
After being on crutches for two weeks and in a moon boot for a month, Sharrod Wellingham says he wants to make an immediate impact for West Coast when he makes his debut against the Bulldogs.
"I haven't been sitting around eating chips on the couch for the last 11 weeks. It's been a huge workload that I've been doing," Wellingham said.
"I got out of the boot about six weeks ago and was pretty much running that week. I've got a lot of confidence in the amount of work that I've put in over the summer and then in the last six weeks that I'll be able to run out the game."
Thursday, 2 May 2013
Nic Naitanui will make his return to AFL football after being selected in the Eagles' round 6 side to take on the Western Bulldogs.
Monday, 29 April 2013
West Coast great great Dean Kemp, who serves as a mentor to several Eagles midfielders, believes recruit Sharrod Wellingham could be the key to the club turning around their 1-4 start to the season.
"I think he's going to play a really important role for us once he gets into the team, hopefully this week," Kemp said.
"I reckon he's really going to add a bit of inside grunt to us and a bit of protection that some of those younger guys in there are needing at the moment."
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
After growing his beard out for a year, Will Schofield shaves it off for charity but says beards have nothing to do with form on the footy field.
"I'm not really sure how facial hair affects anyone," Schofield said.
"It's actually a joke that people think that having a beard means you are going to run less.
"It's actually ridiculous the amount of attention it got in terms of form or how teams are playing."